The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

hoodie patternThis is the easiest hoodie pattern and tutorial I could come up with.  I have tried my best to simplify the method, but still, I believe it is for the intermediate to the advanced seamstress.  As promised, we are going to slowly work our way into comfortable workout clothing.  This is the first pattern on our “Sew Fit” storyboard.

Hoodies are super popular these days.  They are very functional and can be worn not only as work-out wear but also on any trip to the store or just around the house.

hoodie pattern

This hoodie is a zippered and slightly fitted but is not supposed to be tight, so please pay attention to the finished garment measurements.  It is meant to be worn with a tank top and sweatpants which we will be making later.

By far, the best fabric that you can use if you live in a cold place is a fleece like this one, but do not limit yourself to that option alone.  There are many other possibilities.  I have provided some additional suggestions below.

hoodie pattern

For my project, I am using jersey knit with this hoodie pattern because I live in the tropics and can't use fleece which would be way too hot.  However, if you are mixing textiles for a hip look (which I encourage you to do) make sure you use the heavier fabric on the body and lighter fabric on the sleeves.

hoodie pattern


  • cotton fleece (anti-pill) 60″ wide (1  1/4  to 1  3/4 yards)
  • Jersey knit 60″ wide X 22″ (56cm) for pockets and hood and for contrast
  • thread to match
  • cotton tape 1/2″ (reinforced neck seam) 1/2 yard
  • shoe lace, nylon or cotton cord 1 1/2 yards
  • one (1) open ended zipper 22″, 23″ or 24″ long depending on the size you are making


Recommended fabrics

Finished measurements

Size Chest Hips 
6 36 1/2  36 1/2
8  38  38
10  39 1/2  39 1/2
12  41  41
14  42 1/2  42 1/2
16  44   44
18  45 1/2  45 1/2
20  47  47
22  49 1/2  49 1/2
24 52 52

Printing your Hoodie Pattern

Before you print your hoodie pattern, there are three things you need to do:

  1. Wash, iron, and true the fabric.  For a more extensive description of truing have a look at this article about Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric.  You need a pre-shrunk fabric because this hoodie pattern is a semi-fitted pattern.  If your fabric ravels, sew the edges with your serger before washing to prevent it from getting ruined in the washing machine and place it a large laundry bag.  If it does not ravel, but just turn to one side after washing and drying.  Your fabric is a candidate for the “raw edge look” and does not require a serger to neaten the seams.  You can use a normal sewing machine to finish the entire hoodie.
  2. The second thing you need to do is to have a look at the finished measurements and print the size you want on landscape setting.
  3. Add the seam allowance to the pattern.  If you are using a serger or overlocker use a 3/8″ seam allowance.

I will be showing you a way to sew the facing and the zipper jacket at the same time

Pattern pieces not included in the pattern

  • Facing (trace and draw two (2)) from the pattern
  • Hem Ribbing one (1)
  • Wrists ribbing two (2)

Pattern layoutWhere to find the Hoodie Pattern download and further instructions

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116 Responses to The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

  1. Sharon Luedeman says:

    Thanks Mayra! I was one of the people who commented on the hoodie for the contest. I got all excited when you mentioned that the person who won the Juki had commented in the Craftsy section. Glad for Suzanne.

  2. Itto says:

    Thanks a lot Mayra for this free pattern.
    Best. Itto

  3. Mary H says:

    I finished my hoodie and love it! I’v had so many compliments on it. I did change things up a bit: I used the same technique on the lower rib as on the sleeves for a finished look. And I cut the facing 4″ longer so I could fold it up and in, giving a clean finish to the bottom.

    Here's my pic:

  4. Genevieve says:

    I’m looking to make this for my husband. From his measurements (chest 39″, waist 35 3/4″), he would fit in a 12, but he is 6 feet tall and very long in torso and limbs. Would I make the length the longest and add a 3″ ribbing to cover his booty?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Genevieve, the best thing to do is to print size 12, measure the pattern and then measure your husband’s torso and add accordingly to how you want the hoodie to fit his body, do notice this is not a baggy fit. Please measure the shoulders and across the chest to make sure he will fit on the hoodie, when in dought print the bigger size. any other question do not hesitate to ask. Kind regards, Mayra Cecilia

  5. Jeff says:

    Thanks, I just used this to make a hoodie for my wife, and it really came out to have a nice modern shape and fit! The only issue I had was that the hood came out an inch smaller in circumference than the neckline. If I were to make it again, I would wait and not cut out the hood until I finished stitching the sleeves and front and back panels, and measure again before cutting. Or maybe I was too greedy sewing up my seam allowances on the hood? I’m new to this, I have no idea, but I hemmed the extra neckline on the front and it came out nice anyway. Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Jeff, you will be surprised when you take 1/8″ here and there how it does alter the fitting of the pattern pieces. Since you are new to sewing keep strick seam allowance always and slow down, speed will come with time. I congratulate you how you found a way to easily make up the difference. I will make a note in the tutorial with your feedback I think it is a very easy mistake to make when you are excited about finishing something as a gift for someone special.

  6. Jill Perez says:

    What size should I choose if my bust is smaller than the hips?
    Bust 39 (sz 10) Hips 42 1/2 (sz 14)

  7. Emely Eulenfeld says:

    Can you post the link to this fabric in specific, so where we could but it online please?
    Thanks in advance

  8. Paprika says:

    I am having a hard time finding interesting knits and sweatshirt fabric like the one you used. Any suggestions where to shop online?

  9. Lily Fung says:

    Hi Mayra, are all So Sew Easy patterns doesn’t include seam allowance?

  10. Carolyn Meyers says:

    How much ease do you suggest for the finished measurements and how do I know what size zipper to use?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      There is about 4″ across the bust. This is not one of those floppy hoddies. There is no seam allowance you have to add it. The zipper will depend on the size you are. Print the pattern and measure the front piece and the ribbed band then you will know what zipper you need.

  11. Jackie says:

    What is the back length? (i.e. neck to bottom edge length)

  12. Sewer in Finland says:

    I’m ready to cut the farbic, but does this pattern include seam allowance or not?

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  14. happykpets says:

    Is there a (easy) way to turn this into a hoodie without zipper in the front? JUst leave out seam allowance ant cut one front piece?

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